Alumnus and Longtime YU Libraries Contributor Honored at June 26 Reception
On June 26, Yeshiva University honored Professor Ronald Rubin ’57YUHS at YU Libraries, in a special reception organized in recognition and appreciation of his many gifts to YU in recent years, including his gifts to the Mendel Gottesman Library’s rare collections. At the reception, Rubin received a framed certificate marking and commemorating his contributions to the University.
Rubin’s most recent gifts to the YU Libraries include a beautifully-bound, four volume Biblia Rabbinica (Mikra’ot Gedolot, 6th ed.) published in Basel in 1618-1619 and commissioned by the Christian Hebraist Johannes Buxtorf.
Rubin officially donated the Biblia Hebraica back in April, in honor of a significant birthday he was celebrating. He first became a patron of the YU Libraries four years ago, when he began contributing rare items to its collection. These items include a series of bound volumes of American newspapers from the early 1800s and a deed signed by former Texas governor George T. Wood, granting a tract of land near Austin to Jacob de Cordova, a Jew who settled in the Republic of Texas in 1837. By 1848, de Cardova ran one of the largest land agencies in Texas. Rubin has also donated to YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and recently dedicated a room in the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center.
Einstein Faculty React to Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act
Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning the Affordable Care Act has been swift. The high court’s ruling to largely uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has significant implications for patients, medical schools and academic medical centers. Read the rest of this entry…
Dr. Matthew Miller and Students Bring Yiddish Translation to Whitman Archive
In his celebrated poem “To You,” Walt Whitman wrote, “None have understood you, but I understand you.” The line, an example of Whitman’s trademark empathy with America’s culturally diverse working class, has hit home for countless readers over the years. For a group of early 20th-century Jewish immigrants, however, Whitman’s understanding became the inspiration for a new fusion of American and Yiddish literature—a body of work Dr. Matthew Miller, assistant professor of English at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, is hoping to bring to light.
In 1940, the Yiddish-American poet Louis Miller wrote a Yiddish translation of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which he titled Lider: fun bukh: bleter groz. Yiddish writers had already published a number of American authors in translation, but Whitman’s work was a popular subject for translation and literary criticism alike. Read the rest of this entry…
Gemara Conference Brings Educators Together to Brainstorm New Goals, Standards and Techniques
On June 20, a group gathered in Yeshiva University’s Belfer Hall to engage in passionate debate about the gemara, their arguments peppered with yeshivish sprach [classic Talmudic terminology] and citations. But this was not your average beit medrash scene. Instead of young talmidim [students] trying to understand the content and language of the gemara, the group consisted of teachers, rebbeim and principals searching for new ways to think about teaching this ancient subject.
Azrieli's Dr. Moshe Krakowski facilitated the June 20 conference.
Professor Steven Fine Leads Rome Research into Aftermath of Temple Destruction
From June 5 to 7, 2012 an international team of scholars led by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies in partnership with the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma undertook a pilot study of the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum, the ancient civic center of Rome, Italy. The focus of attention was the Menorah panel and the relief showing the deification of Titus at the apex of the arch.
The Menorah from the Temple in Jerusalem as depicted on Rome's Arch of Titus
The arch was originally dedicated after the Emperor Titus’ death in 81 CE and celebrates his victory in the Jewish War of 66-74 CE, which climaxed with the destruction of Jerusalem and her Temple in the summer of 70 CE. Read the rest of this entry…
Anatoly Frenkel and Team Secure Department of Energy Grant to Help Develop New Energy Sources
Dr. Anatoly Frenkel, professor of physics at Yeshiva University, is part of a team of physicists who have secured a three-year grant for nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study how sub-microscopic manmade nanoclusters can be used to create more efficient energy sources.
Frenkel and his colleagues will help the Department of Energy create more efficient fuel and new forms of energy,
Frenkel’s team, which includes Ralph Nuzzo (University of Illinois), John Rehr (U. Washington) and Judith Yang (University of Pittsburgh), will receive a total of $1.92 million over the next three years for a grant to study: “Reactivity & Structural Dynamics of Supported Metal Nanoclusters using Electron Microscopy, In-Situ X-Ray Spectroscopy, Electronic Structure Theories, & Molecular Dynamics Simulations.” Read the rest of this entry…
Lolita Wood-Hill Offers 11 Tips for Students Pursuing a Career in Medicine or Dentistry
With the need for health care professionals in high-demand, more and more students are choosing to pursue careers in this fast-growing industry.
Lolita Wood-Hill is the director of pre-health advisement at Yeshiva College.
“Yeshiva College students have consistently sought careers in medicine and dentistry but the past several years have shown a marked increase in the number of students applying to these programs,” says Lolita Wood-Hill, director of pre-health advisement at Yeshiva College. “With the increased interest in healthcare, we have also seen the quality of our applicant pool rise, attesting to the high-caliber students Yeshiva University is able to attract.”
With a medical school acceptance rate of 88 percent—well above the national average (approximately 50 percent)—and a 90 percent acceptance rate to dental schools in 2011, YU students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a host of Ivy League schools including Columbia, Harvard and Cornell. Read the rest of this entry…
New Yeshiva College Curriculum Highlights Interdisciplinary Courses
Yeshiva College is unveiling a new core curriculum to take effect in the Fall 2012 semester, featuring a wide range of interdisciplinary courses, more advanced classes within individual majors, and greater freedom for students to craft an education that complements their interests and aspirations and maximizes their opportunities for employment in their field.
The change marks the first major overhaul of the curriculum since 1928. Over the last 80 years, Yeshiva College’s general requirements have followed a distribution model, encouraging students to take a variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences—a model that Yeshiva College faculty and students increasingly felt was outmoded and out of Read the rest of this entry…
During the seven-week research experience, the students will be placed in intensive internships with top BIU faculty members, including those from the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials and the Gonda Brain Research Center, and will work in the University’s state-of-the-art research laboratories. Read the rest of this entry…
CJF Program Emphasizes Professional and Religious Leadership in Communities Across the Country
This summer Yeshiva University will once again host an assortment of learning and internship programs in cities across the country. Presented by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in partnership with local Jewish communities, the YU Summer Learning and Internship Series will feature adult and youth programming, shiurim [lectures] and Torah and Talmud study for both men and women.
Some 45 YU students, kollel members and faculty will oversee the programs taking place in Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles, California; South Bend, Indiana and Stamford, Connecticut. Read the rest of this entry…